The Brooklyn Nets will no longer offer Kyrie Irving a four-year contract extension worth up to $186 million. The Nets were publicly hopeful of their chances of signing Irving to an extension before the start of training camp, but his future with the franchise is in doubt following his decision not to get vaccinated. Brooklyn has in turn decided not to allow him to play exclusively in road games.
“He was willing to sacrifice, at the end of the day, $16 million in salary this upcoming year,” said Shams Charania on The Glue Guys podcast. “And $186 million as far as an extension that he will not be offered now.”
Irving has not publicly explained why he is choosing not to get vaccinated, but Charania reported that is taking a stand on behalf of people who have lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates.
Kevin Durant and James Harden were vaccinated leading to the start of training camp, according to Charania.
“I do know he has wanted to retire with the Nets,” added Charania about the possibility of Irving accepting a trade from Brooklyn. “That’s why he went there. For most of the offseason, I think it was pretty well assured that he was going to sign an extension. That James Harden was going to sign an extension. And neither of that has happened.”